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23.05.2019 13:23

Seamus Coleman happy to help Irish young guns

Everton defender Seamus Coleman is keen to pass on his experience to the younger members of Ireland’s international set-up.

Coleman has been in Portugal this week at a Quinta do Lago training camp, where he was joined by 18-year-old Bolton midfielder, Luca Connell.

 “It definitely does, unfortunately,” said Coleman, when asked if playing alongside the teenager made him feel like an old timer.

“When I came in, people were good to me - Damien Duff, John O'Shea, Robbie Keane, they were good to you and you don't forget that.

“It was a case of just getting their number before they meet up and dropping them a message just to let him know he's going to be welcome.

“It might not seem like a lot, but I try to rewind to being at that stage myself and if I'd have got a message - and I'm not on Robbie Keane's level by any means - but if I'd have got a message from a Robbie Keane, you'd be 10 feet tall, so that's what I was trying to do.

"He's a great little lad. He's a lovely lad. He's just a nice mannerly young lad, happy to be here and that's important.

“But then there's no point having that if you're not going to be good on the pitch and yesterday, he showed us he was good on the pitch too,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA